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OPINION | Steve Almond

The NFL gets off easy in concussion settlement

According to court documents, the National Football League has reached a settlement with the more than 5,000 former players who are suing the league for allegedly covering up the dangers of concussions.

Last summer, the NFL signed off on a deal to pay retired players $765 million, a sum deemed insufficient by the presiding judge. So the league and lawyers for the plaintiffs hammered out this new plan: an uncapped agreement to cover the medical expenses of retired pros suffering from dementia and other forms of brain damage.

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